A brief history of spa therapy

Ann Rheum Dis. 2002 Mar;61(3):273-5. doi: 10.1136/ard.61.3.273.


Bathing in thermal water has an impressive history and continuing popularity. In this paper a brief overview of the use of water in medicine over the centuries is given.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis / history
  • Arthritis / therapy
  • Balneology / history*
  • Europe
  • Health Resorts / history
  • History, 17th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, Ancient
  • History, Medieval
  • Humans
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / history
  • United States